Prawn cocktail – Old School is also known as shrimp cocktail. The recipe was incredibly popular in homes and restaurants in the 1970’s. It is a seafood dish consisting of shelled, cooked, prawns in a cocktail sauce. It was normally served in a glass or oval dish. A classic 1970 starter that is making a comeback!! However, those of us old enough to remember Prawn Salad will recall the bland flavour, wet lettuce and gloopy thousand Island dressing sauce. It has now made a comeback and all of the nasty bits have been removed. The lettuce is lovely and crispy, the dressing now has a kick and the prawns are fresh Tiger prawns.
Prawn Cocktail - Old School
- 20 large prawns Tiger
- 1 large Little Gem lettuce
- 1 leaves fresh thyme
- 1/2 fresh lemon Juice Only
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 5 tbsp tomato ketchup
- drops Tabasco sauce few drops to taste
- 2 pinches smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 tbsp double cream Heavy
- 4 tbsp mayonnaise
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- pinch Salt
- 1 tsp cracked black pepper
- malt vinegar to taste
- cayenne pepper to serve
- Bring a large pan of water to the boil and add a squeeze of lemon and glug of vinegar. Add the whole prawns and cook until they rise to the surface. Drain and chill in ice-cold water.
- Peel the cooled prawns, leaving one prawn whole per serving (for the garnish).
- Cut the little Little Gem lettuce in half and wash thoroughly.
- For the sauce, mix cayenne pepper, lime juice, mayonnaise, Worcestershire, Tabasco and ketchup in a bowl.
- To assemble the cocktails, drain the lettuce and pat dry with kitchen paper. Arrange two-thirds of the leaves in small bowls or wide glasses..
- Shred the remaining leaves and add to a mixing bowl. Add the peeled prawns and spoonful of sauce. Top with the unpeeled prawn and a sprinkling of cayenne pepper